Name: Aaron Spears
Branch: Marine Corps
Years Served: 6
Highest Rank: Sergeant
Highest Pay Grade: E1-E6: Junior Enlisted
MOS: Scout Sniper
I get people to a healthier place! On a daily basis, I manage my club which means everything from paperwork to talking to members to selling memberships. It’s really different from day to day. That’s what’s great about Anytime Fitness – I get to work on new challenges every day and make a real difference in people’s lives.
Why did you choose this franchise?
Anytime Fitness meshed perfectly with my personal goals of owning a business that allows me to help others learn the benefits that fitness can have on their lives. This was something I learned the hard way in the Marines but realized the benefits of eating healthy and sticking to a fitness program.
What’s the best part of this franchise?
That’s a hard question because there are so many things that are great about Anytime Fitness, so I would have to say that the best part is that it has a great business model that offers many great features. Flexible staffed hours so my wife and I don’t have to be at the gym even though it’s open 24/7. Members have a security key fob that gets them access to our gym anytime they want and also over 2700 other Anytime Fitness gyms around the world. Anytime Fitness has a great military discount with low monthly franchise dues and they encourage owners to have fun and build a gym family. I really liked the fact that I could make it my own but still be a part of a great franchise.
What was the process like getting started?
The process getting started was first contemplating on making the jump into owning a business but once we did it was full steam ahead. Finding a location was key as anyone in real estate will tell you but getting the loan process started took longer then expected so get it lined out as quick as possible. Construction went smoothly but when the equipment gets delivered that’s when everything comes together and it’s “real”, which is a great feeling. Anytime Fitness has coach’s to inspire ( C2i’s) there to help along the way with any problems that might come up. We used this great feature all the time to bounce ideas and get advice.